Category: Business Law

Lady Gaga Producer Must Pay $7.3M

  • By Marc S. Berman
Lady Gaga

Lady Gaga Producer Gets Hit With $7.3 Million Verdict Lady Gaga producer gets hit with a $7.3 million verdict and must pay the songwriter for welshing on promise to share part of income. Lady Gaga is no stranger to controversy. Recently, some of that controversy has been resolved in a New Jersey courtroom. A federal Read More

The Case of the Telecommuter Tax

  • By Marc S. Berman

Modern technology certainly has its advantages. Worldwide communication is easy. Therefore, more people find it convenient and practical to work from home. Now, New Jersey reserves the right to collect taxes from any company that is doing business within the state. This rule normally applies to out of state businesses that have offices, stores, or Read More

The Case of the Tilting Swimming Pool

  • By Marc S. Berman

One of the main reasons that business owners form corporations is to protect their personal assets. If the business is then sued, and loses, the business owner can, at worst, only lose the assets of the business. He or she will not lose his or her personal assets. However, if the business owner personally engages Read More

Former Employer Not Liable For Giving A Negative Reference

  • By Marc S. Berman

A South Jersey physician’s assistant recently sued his former employer over a bad job reference. The man accused the employer, a hospital, of defaming him. In 1999, the physician’s assistant received a poor performance review.  He was fired in early 2000.  Years later, the man applied to receive his physician’s assistant credentials from another hospital. Read More

End Chemical Use Exemption For Small Businesses

  • By Marc S. Berman

In 1983, New Jersey passed the Environmental Cleanup Responsibility Act (“ECRA”). The first of its kind, the act required that industrial cites be investigated and cleaned-up when, among other things, a business is sold. A short time later, New Jersey replaced ECRA with the Industrial Site Recovery Act (“ISRA”), which had the same fundamental effect Read More

New Type Of Public Benefit Corporation

  • By Marc S. Berman

Recently, New Jersey became the third state to enact something called a B corporation, which is short for “benefit corporation.” The designation is for companies that fulfill social or environmental goals, in addition to a for-profit traditional business model. The corporation must provide a “genuine public benefit,” which could include helping low-income people, defending the Read More